Wakasa   若狭湾

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Stunning views over the bay of Wakasa.

Stunning views over the bay of Wakasa.

The temple Meitsu-Ji, considered a national treasure.

The temple Meitsu-Ji, considered a national treasure.

Suisho-hama beach, especially famous for its sand, "Nakisuna" the singing sand.

Suisho-hama beach, especially famous for its sand, "Nakisuna" the singing sand.

Forest Kehi-no-Matsubara is considered one of the three great pine forests of Japan

Forest Kehi-no-Matsubara is considered one of the three great pine forests of Japan.

Wakasa

Facing the Sea of ​​Japan, Wakasa Bay, with its beautiful beaches and clear water, is a popular destination for Japanese. Deep green pine trees, dark blue water, white sand ...

To the west of the bay, more precisely in Mihama-cho, a beach named Suisho-hama is particularly famous. Its sand, "Nakisuna ", literally" singing sand "is astonishing. Indeed, pay attention to the sound of your footsteps on the sand grains and let yourself be carried away by their melody. Not far away is Obama Bay, formerly a strategic location for trade with Asia. Here you will find many historical sites recounting the stories of merchants past. In the same place, admire the entrance of Meitsu-Ji temple, regarded as a national treasure. Remember also to visit the Mantoku-ji temple known for its dry gardens.

The lakes Mikata Goko

On the east side of the Wakasa Bay, you will discover the five lakes of Mikata " Mikata Goko ". Their biodiversity is such that they are now under the protection of the Ramsar Convention. Be surprised by their differences, whether water or the colors of the landscape. Nicknamed "five-colored lakes," their color changes with the seasons. As they are connected together, it is possible to discover the islands by taking a boat. Fishing enthusiasts will delight in the 60 different species of fish found here.

Pine Trees By The Thousands

Forest Kehi-no-Matsubara is considered one of Japan's three great pine forests with Miho-no-Matsubara and Niji-no-Matsubara. Enjoy a hike in the middle of its 17 000 conifer species, some of which are over 200 years. Be surprised by their colors as you stroll the 1.5 km walk along a path specially fitted.

Amanohashidate

The "Bridge of Heaven" or Amanohashidate, is a long earthen platform 3.6 km across the sea. Covered with pine and white sand, it is one of the most beautiful views of Japan. It can be admired from the mountains for a more dramatic impression. And for the effect of the "Bridge of Heaven" is total, you will need to turn your back and bend over to look between your legs. The magnificent view is completely worth it! After Amanohashidate, you can visit the beautiful Buddhist temple Shionji.

A Gastronomic Tour

Wakasa Bay offers clear blue water and quality, surrounded by small fishing villages, and the fish here is absolutely delicious. In winter, the area is famous for crab. The surrounding landscape and rice fields changes color depending on the season, from green to a golden yellow. And who says local rice, also says sake! Take the opportunity to taste some good Japanese sake here.

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